Homeschooling

Multnomah County Library serves all families in Multnomah County, including homeschooling families.  We are proud to supplement and support the education style and curriculum you choose for your child.  

Check out the print and web resources on the library’s Beginner’s Guide to Homeschooling booklist to learn about the many approaches to home education.  Find classes and communities in our list of local organizations.  

If you’re getting started in homeschooling, try the Homeschool Resource Guide from the Oregon Home Education Network (OHEN) to find current information on curriculum options and links to online places to find community.  

Every home educator can get an Educator Card - a separate library card that allows you to check out materials for six weeks, have up to 40 holds and escape overdue fines.  Bring proof that you are a home educator to any branch or contact the Homeschool Liaison.

School Corps’ curriculum support for educators includes Buckets of Books, a quarterly newsletter, and booklists on common curriculum topics like the Oregon Trail or biomes and ecosystems.  The team can also come to your group to make presentations on how to do research, evaluating searches and websites, and internet safety.  

The library helps new readers with Welcome to Reading kits, leveled readers, parent information, and literacy skills camps.

Your library offers more than books.  We offer STEM support with hands-on Discovery Kits.  Learn a language online with Mango Connect. Download ebooks and audiobooks with Overdrive’s Libby app.  Stream movies and music for free with Hoopla.

Free events, classes, and camps across Multnomah County let kids of all ages learn, explore and create.  The Maker Space at the Rockwood Library lets teens take ideas from imagination to reality. 

Your library card gives you access to a wealth of online resources through the Homework Center: World Book Encyclopedia, Opposing Viewpoints, CultureGrams, biographies, newspaper archives, a live tutoring service, and more.  

Your youth librarian at your local library branch is a valuable person to get to know.  She can suggest books to fit your child’s reading level, maturity and interest, and guide you to new resources at your request.  Your branch also offers meeting room space, events for all ages, and volunteer opportunities.  

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions for library services for homeschoolers, contact the Homeschool Liaison, Karen McElravy, at 503.988.6961 or karenmm@multcolib.org.